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The Bridge on the River Kwai

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Original title
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Running time
161 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Michael Wilson, Carl Foreman. Novel: Pierre Boulle
Malcolm Arnold
Jack Hildyard
Columbia Pictures. Producer: Sam Spiegel
War. Adventure | II World War. Army. Prison Drama
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Pierre Boulle Adaptations
British POWs in Burma are employed by the Japanese to build a bridge; meanwhile, British agents seek to destroy it. After surrendering his unit to the Japanese. Colonel Nicholson demands his men behave by the book, and refuses to cooperate with the equally dutiful Japanese commander. When the Japapese insist that the POWs build a bridge, they decide to build the best one possible, thereby restoring morale. But after one of the men escapes to Australia and lets the British commander there know of the operation, he is sent back to the jungle to destroy the tactically-crucial bridge that his comrades are desperately trying to complete.
Rankings Position
1957: 7 Oscar: Film, Director, Actor (Guinness), Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Music
1957: 3 Golden Globes: Drama, Director, Actor (Guinness). Nominated for Supp. Actor
1957: BAFTA Awards: British Film, British Actor, British Screenplay & Film
1957: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director
1957: National Board of Review: Film, Director, Actor, Supp. Actor (Hayakawa)
1957: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Film, Best Director & Best Actor (Guinness)
1957: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Production
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